Can 'The Sound of Music' Remake Succeed?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In 1959 “The Sound of Music” made its Broadway debut and became a hit.

Fast forward to 1965, and the film adaptation, starring Julie Andrews, rolled out onto the big screen, displacing "Gone With the Wind" as the highest grossing film of all time. It won five Academy Awards and earned a place in the hearts of viewers the world over.

Tonight, a new version of “The Sound of Music,” starring Carrie Underwood, will be performed live on NBC.

But early buzz about the special has been anything but kind. Carrie Underwood has told Entertainment Weekly that the Twittersphere keeps reminding her: "You're not Julie Andrews!"

Julie Andrews has offered her support and approval, but can this remake succeed? Are there films that are, perhaps, too sacred to remake?

Emily Rems is a fan of "The Sound of Music" and a cultural critic. She serves as managing editor for Bust magazine and she joins The Takeaway to explain why the internet and cultural critics are so up in arms over the new special.


Emily Rems

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [5]

Though she sings well enough, Ms. Underwood cannot act. Her flowing tears while the Abbess sang 'Climb Every Mountain' were likely to have been for the realization of how badly she was tanking. Without the interminable commercials for Walmart this would have filled two hours nicely. But I guess without the commercial slots, we would not have gotten to see it at all.
My hats off to them all for trying but do wish it had a bit better performed.

Dec. 07 2013 10:19 PM
Pam from Canada

Carrie Underwood was fabulous in this role as were all the children-took me back in time-I applaud the work of those who worked on the set-Great Job-so nice to have a "feel good" show presented live-quite an undertaking and in my opinion-excellent!

Dec. 05 2013 11:35 PM
Bill Michtom from Portland

Julie Andrews was a "one-hit-wonder" when she did Sound of Music? Does My Fair Lady ring a bell?

And this guy gets paid?

Dec. 05 2013 12:47 PM

John stated that the original stage show was not focused around one character. Actually, it was. I saw the original production in New Haven before it went to Broadway, and it clearly was promoted as a vehicle for Mary Martin, the reigning queen of the musical stage. Amazingly, Mary got away with playing a character two or three decades younger than she was. The original Broadway cast album still features Mary Martin, as it rightly should

Dec. 05 2013 12:41 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I wish Tarantino made this remake. I'd watch that bloody mess.

Dec. 05 2013 12:01 PM

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